Chief Executive Officer, Palmroff Hotels, Mr.Banji Akinloye, has called on the Lagos State Government to regulate hotel business in the state.
Akinloye, at the opening of Palmroof Hotels, Ojokoro Local Government Area of Lagos State on Sunday said a classification policy on hotels would serve as a guide for operators in the hospitality business.
In a statement on Monday, the hotelier added that grading of hotels would also serve as a guide for tourists on their choice of accommodation during their visits to the state.
Akinloye said the policy would improve the quality of facilities and services available in the hospitality sector as defaulters could be sanctioned.
He said, “Grading and classification of hotels are a must for every hospitality industry. Lagos by now should have criteria that will guide hotel owners and the hospitality sector on the category their hotels fall in.
“It will motivate operators in the industry to work harder on upgrading their facilities. There will be more competition and this will drive better services.”
Akinloye appealed to the state and the LCDA to repair the roads in the area to attract more investments to the area.
Chairman, Ojokoro LCDA, Mr.Yemi Olabinjo, said the allocations from the Federal Government to local governments were inadequate to execute capital projects such as road construction.
Olabinjo said, “The allocation to us from the Federal Government is not directly given to us. What we get is allocation shared between Ifako-Ijaye Local Government Area and Ojokoro LCDA.
“Whatever we are given is what we use in the development of the LCDA. I appeal to the Commissioner for Works to come to our aid and improve on the situation being faced by the residents in the community,’’ he said.
Also,the Baale of Ojokoro, Railwan Oluwalambe, called on the government to provide more job opportunities for the youth in the community.